Juvenile and Children's Law Section

This section provides a forum for lawyers who deal with juvenile and children’s law. It produces CLE courses related to this practice area, distributes a newsletter to section members, and works toward improving juvenile justice and children’s law.

Disability Rights Tennessee
2 International Plaza, Suite 825
Nashville, TN 37217
Odeneal Law Firm
PO Box 392
Lawrenceburg, TN 38464

Juvenile Judge Reprimanded for 'Sneaky Snake' Comment

The Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct issued a public reprimand Monday to Rutherford County Juvenile Judge Donna Davenport after she described a father and/or his counsel as a “sneaky snake” following the transfer of a child custody case. Davenport had signed off on the transfer and acknowledged it as lawful, but later accused the father of “manipulating the court schedule.” As part of the reprimand, the judge agreed to issue a letter of apology to the father and his counsel.  

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DA Drops Charge Against Ooltewah Assistant Coach

Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston today dropped the charge of failing to report child sexual abuse against a volunteer-assistant basketball coach at Ooltewah High School. The Times Free Press reports the charges were dropped against Karl Williams because he "was not provided any training regarding the mandatory reporting law.” The school’s head basketball coach was indicted last week on four counts of failing to report child sexual abuse. 

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